MUNICH, December 8, 2016
NextGen star Alexander Zverev will return to Munich, competing at the BMW Open by FWU AG, which will be held at the venue of the MTTC Iphitos from 29 April to 7 May 2017.
“The BMW Open by FWU AG is a top tournament with a fantastic atmosphere. Therefore, I am pleased to have been asked again by the organizers to come to Munich. The fans here are great and have an excellent knowledge of tennis. The atmosphere at the grounds of Iphitos is just as great as at a big tournament. I am looking forward to playing in front of the German fans,” said Alexander Zverev, who is Germany’s current number 1.
The 19-year-old has a clear goal: “Munich is a great city and we usually arrive early to get prepared for the tournament. We still want to have some time to enjoy the city, too. I did not make it to the finals in the last three years, but I want to play for the title in 2017,” said Zverev, who lost to Dominic Thiem in the 2016 semi-finals and lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in 2015 in the round of the last 16.
The three-time BMW Open champion Kohlschreiber had already committed to the ATP 250 World Tour clay court event with total prize money of more than €500,000. “The BMW Open by FWU AG is my home tournament and my absolute favorite stop on the tour. I lifted the trophy here three times and would like to defend my title in 2017,” told Kohlschreiber, who could face the teenager in the main draw.
“Alex is still on a very good way to establish himself at the very top of the world. He is one of the greatest talents we have had in Germany since Becker and Stich,” tournament director Patrik Kühnen said.
“The sporting concept of the BMW Open by FWU AG is to win both young as well as long-time world class players for the tournament in order to present an exciting international line-up with high-class matches to the spectators. We are very pleased that with Alex and Kohli Germany’s best players will return to Munich next year,” organizer Michael Mronz told.
Tickets can be bought through the tournament’s official website.